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UTSA conference to focus on economic development of rural communities

Texas Rural Challenge

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(May 29, 2013) -- The Rural Business Program in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) will host its annual Texas Rural Challenge June 18-19 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center, 1001 McCarty Lane, San Marcos, Texas, 78666. The gathering is Texas' only statewide economic development conference for rural communities.

Offered in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Economic Development Council, the conference will focus on the challenges facing rural Texans. It also will spur small business and economic growth in rural communities by providing attendees with practical and proven approaches to rural development.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Andres Alcantar, chairman commissioner representing the public, Texas Workforce Commission
  • Candace Klein, founder and CEO, BG Ventures and SoMoLend
  • Vaughn L. Grisham, director emeritus, McLean Institute for Community Development/professor emeritus of sociology, University of Mississippi
  • Javier Moreno, assistant manager of corporate and product communications, Toyota Motors North America Inc.

Additionally, the conference will offer breakout sessions in three tracks: Business and Economic Development, Community Development and Statewide Rural Issues. Breakout session topics include, but are not limited to, municipal training, best practices for growth, innovation and funding, and rural success stories. (View the tentative agenda).

"Henry Ford said it best: 'Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress.' That is what the Texas Rural Challenge is all about. Bringing people together, making progress and achieving success," said Gilbert Gonzalez, director of the UTSA Rural Business Program. "We are proud to be hosting the conference and know that the discussions and relationships established here will improve the rural community."

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 12 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders. It serves San Antonio, the Texas-Mexico border area, and regional, national and international stakeholders, supporting UTSA's community engagement mission with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses.

The institute's Rural Business Program provides customized technical assistance, training, advisory services, research, strategic planning, business and resource development to rural small and medium­sized businesses, economic development corporations, communities and local governments.

>> To learn more about the Texas Rural Challenge and to register, visit the Texas Rural Challenge website or contact Gilbert Gonzalez at 210-458-2877.

>> Connect online with the UTSA Institute for Economic Development on Facebook or Twitter.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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